Four Livingston Parish Students Receive Louisiana’s "Yes I Can" Awards

Four Livingston Parish Students Receive Louisiana’s "Yes I Can" Awards
Posted on 01/21/2019
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Four Livingston Parish Students Receive Louisiana’s

“Yes I Can” Awards


LIVINGSTON, La. – Four Livingston Parish students have been awarded this year’s “Yes I Can” Awards by Louisiana’s Council for Exceptional Children, making each of them eligible for the organization’s national awards program.


The “Yes I Can” Awards recognize children and youth with exceptionalities who have demonstrated their determination and achievement in multiple ways.  The “Yes I Can” Awards review committee selects one winner each year in each of the following categories:  academics, arts, school and community activities, self-advocacy, technology and transition.


The parish’s four winners include Alisha Davis, a 5th grader at South Fork Elementary, who won in the art category; Timothy Bell, a 4th grader at Freshwater Elementary, who won in the academic category; Heaven Barker, a 3rd grader at Freshwater Elementary, who won in the technology category; and Carson Tullier, a 3rd grader at Juban Parc Elementary, who won in the self-advocacy category.


“We are very proud of our students and those dedicated educators who work with them,” Special Education Director Eric Penalber said.  “This recognition of their abilities is a true testament to their positive attitudes and determination, as well as the supportive environment our school district works to provide each day for all our students.”


Each of the students was nominated by a teacher at their respective schools.  Freshwater Elementary School’s Karen Pourciau and Crystal Jones nominated Bell and Barker, respectively.  South Fork Elementary Teacher Kristy Guidry nominated Davis, and Adaptive PE Teacher Lisa Dugas, who serves Juban Parc Elementary, nominated Tullier.


Since the inception of the “Yes I Can” awards program in 1982, more than 40,000 children and young adults nationwide have been recognized.


“Our teachers put a lot of time into gathering the necessary information to nominate our students for these awards.  The students deserve the recognition, and it’s worth it for our teachers to go that extra mile to see that they are recognized,” Penalber said.

Notice of Discrimination

The Livingston Parish School Board does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, national origin, disability or gender in its educational programs and activities (including employment and application for employment), and it is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of gender by Title IX (20 USC 168) and on the basis of disability by Section 504 (42 USC 794). The Title IX Coordinator is Stephen Parrill

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